Steve Nicol calls Tottenham Hotspur training sessions overseen by Antonio Conte during pre-season ‘madness’
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has come out against the training sessions Antonio Conte has held during pre-season that has led to Tottenham Hotspur players being exhausted. The former Scotland international feels it’s madness to have the players work so hard, as per the Express.
“Three times? This is madness, this three-times a-day nonsense and running 42 lengths of the pitch at the end of the day, on your third.”
Most of our players were so exhausted that they fell to the floor after the brutal two-hour training session that was the third of the day. Harry Kane was seen throwing up after. Nicol feels the sessions are breaking the players instead of preparing them.
“I’m sorry, there/s one thing to get your players fit but there’s another thing to try and break them because that kind of seems to me what’s happening here”
Conte has started the pre-season in an annihilating manner. The experienced manager has made the players work their socks off in training. The Italian is readying the team for a demanding season.
Tottenham will be vying to fight for titles next campaign. With the team competing in every major competition, it’s important the players are in the required shape to meet the challenge.
The upcoming season will be a different one for everyone involved. Not only are the players expected to fight for titles in all four competitions we’re in, but the World Cup is also another competition players have to think about.
It’ll be a testing time for players competing in all major competitions next season to remain 100 per cent throughout the season. Conte may be preparing the players for what is to come.
On the other hand, players and managers have increasingly been worried about the increasing number of games in a season. Players don’t seem to have the time to recuperate during the season with games week in and week out.
Health concerns are also a consideration for many. Christian Eriksen collapsing during the Euros opened a lot of conversations. The effect the exhaustion could have needs to be thought of.
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It remains to be seen how these sessions affect our players. Of course, burnout is a real cause for concern. But having players ready during pre-season to get used to the load they will experience during the campaign is also something that needs to be worked on.